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Special Issue "Selected Papers from the Joint Symposia of MESMAP-5 & ISPBS-5"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Natural Products Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Nazim Sekeroglu

Department of Food Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Kilis 7 Aralık University, 79000 Kilis, Turkey
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Interests: from nature to fields; cultivation and processing of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs); good collection and agricultural practices of MAPs; from plant raw material to final products; good manufacturing practices and quality aspects; bioactivities of plant secondary metabolites
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Anake Kijjoa

Departamento de Química, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas de Abel Salazar and CIIMAR, Universidade do Porto, Rua Jorge de Viterbo Ferreira, nº228, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal
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Interests: antibacterial compounds from higher plants, marine invertebrates, soil and marine-derived fungi, cosmetic ingredients from marine resources, natural biopesticides
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Sevgi Gezici

Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Faculty of Science & Art, Kilis 7 Aralık University, 79000 Kilis, Turkey
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Interests: human genetics, molecular biology of cancer, cancer genetics, apoptosis and signaling pathways, cancer proteomics, medical biology, medicinal and aromatic plants, bioactivities of plant secondary metabolites, in vivo and in vitro anticancer and antitumor research

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Interest in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) has been increasing throughout the world in recent decades. These plants are also well-known as Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFP). From nature to standardized natural products, all these plants and products are of interest in a number of sectors such as food, beverage, medicine, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, cosmeticeuticals, perfumery, food additives, cleaning, and self-care products. Thus, their market size has gradually increased over time. Due to significant development in many sectors involving natural products, scientific research for supporting ethnobotanical heritage and investigation to obtain new information has been carried out. To keep pace with the research and development of MAPs, governmental regulations for biodiversity conservation and the protection of public health are necessary, as the private sector has increased its efforts to get a share from the market. Moreover, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are also working on all related areas including biodiversity conservation, the sustainable use of natural resources, and raising the awareness of the public for their uses and cultivation, as well as the stimulation of multidisciplinary actions of all related sectors for human welfare. Thus, scientific organizations, symposia, and conferences are important forums to bring together all the stakeholders on a large scale from research to practice for MAPs and/or NWFPs.

On the other hand, four editions of the International Symposium on Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences (ISPBS), which started in Japan in 2016 through scientific cooperation between Turkish and Japanese Universities with the name JATUSPAB (Japan-Turkey International Symposium on Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences), have been successfully organized alternately between Japan and Turkey. The abstracts and articles of these four symposia were published online as abstract books and articles in Special Issues of reputed journals.

To consolidate the platform of MESMAP-5 and ISPBS-5, the international organizing committee of the 5th Edition of both symposia have decided to jointly organize these two scientific events in in Cappadocia, Turkey, during 24–28 April 2019. Cappadocia, one of the wonders of the world with a fascinating atmosphere, was selected as a joint scientific meeting venue to give an exotic environment and high-quality services for participants. Due to the reputation of both symposia, the committees have also a conviction that high-quality scientific papers will be presented in this joint symposia and should be published in a reputed scientific ISI journal with a high impact factor. In this context, the organizers have proposed a Special Issue for the peer-reviewed, open-access journal Molecules (with a five-year impact factor of 3.5). Furthermore, we wish to state that the manuscripts from participants of this joint symposia will have the privilege of receiving a 40% discount of a publication fee if their manuscripts are accepted for publication in this Special Issue.

The MESMAP-5 & ISPBS-5 joint meeting scientific program covers all the related aspects of MAPs and NWFPs such as agriculture and forestry, botany, ethnobotany, herbal medicines, plant biotechnology, phytopharmacology, pharmacognosy, plant biology, phytochemistry, and aromatherapy. Detailed topics of the joint symposia can be found on the conference website:  http://www.mesmap.com/

Finally, the organizing committee wish to welcome participants from all continents to this important scientific gathering in CAPPADOCIA, “the most extraordinary natural and historical heritage of the world". We are sure that all participants will have a wonderful experience at the scientific forum, and that  CAPPADOCIA will be memorable. The editorial of this Special Issue plans to receive full paper submissions from May 30 to July 31, 2019. We wish you all the best, and we look forward to meeting you in Cappadocia, Turkey, in the spring of 2019.

Prof. Dr. Nazim Sekeroglu
Prof. Dr. Anake Kijjoa
Prof. Dr. Sevgi Gezici
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • medicinal and aromatic plants
  • bioactive natural products
  • herbal medicine, phytocosmeceuticals
  • nutraceuticals
  • quality aspects and quality control
  • safety and regulations

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